Why a dog may bite a person in Tennessee

While it's true that some dogs in Tennessee are aggressive toward people at all times, most dog bites happen for a reason. In order to understand why you may be attacked, it's necessary to know why dogs tend to do this and what can be done to avoid it.

First and foremost, dogs mainly bite because they are protecting something -- or they believe they are protecting something. This is why a dog could bite you if you startle it, for example, as it may feel threatened and think it has to protect itself, even though you meant it no harm.

Additionally, a dog could bite if it is protecting its owner, another dog it considers a member of its pack, its den or its food. You never want to act aggressively or take anything from a dog that you do not know.

Of course, this can lead to misunderstandings. For instance, you may be friends with someone and push them in a playful manner as the two of you are simply horsing around. If the dog doesn't know you, though, it could think you are attacking its owner, and it could lash out to protect the owner.

There are often signs before a dog bites. It may growl, tense its legs, lower its head or bare its teeth. The hair on its back may also go up. If you see this happen, make sure that you show the dog you are not really a threat, and you can diffuse the situation.

Of course, even knowing why dogs attack cannot always keep you from being bitten, so it is also important to know your legal rights in the wake of a dog attack.

Source: Doggone Safe, "Why Dogs Bite and How They Warn us" accessed Mar. 03, 2015

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